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Londoners invited on a musical journey across the Golden Horn with Voulgaris and Lampropoulou

Inspired by Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723) and Ali Ufki (1610-1675) – two composers and collectors of Ottoman music – The Golden Horn is a modern interpretation of early Ottoman classical music. The repertoire has been compiled by two renowned Greek musicians – Ourania Lampropoulou (santur) and Evgenios Voulgaris (yaylı tambur) – using manuscripts by Cantemir and […]

Film
Remake, Remix, Rip-off – special screening of documentary about Turkey’s exploitation cinema

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Turkish film industry was churning out hundreds of movies each year. Many were shameless low-budget rip-offs of American box office hits: from Superman (Süpermen Dönüyor, 1979) to Star Wars (Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, 1982), and E.T. (Badi, 1983) to the Wizard of Oz (Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde, 1971). […]

Art
First solo exhibition for top fashion photographers Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott

Since landing their first front cover, for Dazed & Confused in 1997, Mert & Marcus have pushed the boundaries of fashion photography, blurring the lines between artistry and commercial shoots. Their distinctive and powerful photographs of models and celebrities, including Madonna, Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian,  have featured in cult publications such as i-D, Love, and […]

Art
Ottoman art at Christie’s Islamic Art Week, on till Oct. 25

This week Christie’s  – London’s premier auction house – reminds us of the cascade of beauty which Islam has given to the world. Its series of Islamic-themed sales are from a galaxy of different Muslim civilisations spanning a thousand years. No art-form exists which has not been carried to sublime heights in the service of […]

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20 things you didn’t know about Teoman
 

As the countdown begins to Teoman’s London concert at the O2 Kentish Town this Sunday, here’s our top twenty facts about Turkey’s iconic pop rocker. Teoman was born Fazlı Teoman Yakupoğlu in Giresun on 20 November 1967. His biggest music idol is Elvin Presley. An only child, Teoman lost his dad, a lawyer, when he […]

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‘The Telemachy’, starring budding young actor Arman Mantella, to tour Hackney, Camden and Edinburgh Fringe

A young North London actor of Turkish Cypriot heritage stars in The Telemachy, an intimate new theatre production inspired by The Odyssey. Arman Mantella plays a mysterious travelling poet who swaggers from London to Edinburgh with a case full of ancient stories. This enigmatic host delves into the famed mythologies of Odysseus, the original rock-and-roll […]